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Star Cruises is the biggest Asian based cruise line and one of the fastest-growing in the world. Star Cruises was founded as an associate of the Genting Group of Malaysia, incorporated in Bermuda on 10 November 1993 with its corporate headquarters in Hong Kong. Starting with two cruise ships in 1993, the company owns ten ships at the moment. The Star fleet consist of three distinct brands: Star, SuperStar and MegaStar. The cruise line has bought many cruise ships from other cruise lines (the former Sun Viking from Royal Caribbean, the former Golden Princess from Princess Cruises and even the former Baltic ferries Athena and Kalypso. Star Cruises has also purchased the luxury cruise ship Europa from Germany's Hapag-Lloyd with plans to convert it to the most luxurious ship cruising in Asian waters. Star Cruises, the third largest cruise line in the world is a global cruise brand presently operating a combined fleet of 20 cruise ships with over 26,000 lower berths, with cruises to destinations and islands in Asia-Pacific, North and South America, Hawaii, Caribbean, Alaska, Europe, Mediterranean, Bermuda and the Antarctica under the Star Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Cruise Ferries brands. Star Cruises is represented in more than 20 locations worldwide with offices in Australia, New Zealand, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Norway, Philippines, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Star Cruises development highlights: 

 - 1993, introducing leisure cruising in Asia; 
 - 1994, developing the fly-cruise concept for short break-style vacations; 
 - 1997, winning the first of 6 consecutive annual awards for Best Cruise Operator in Asia-Pacific by TTG Asia from 1997 to 2002; 
 - 1998, maximising the Freestyle Cruising potential in Asia and, through NCL, to the US and Pacific in 2001; 
 - 1998 established, with FORCE Technology - DMI (formerly Danish Maritime Institute), a joint venture to operate a world-class ship simulator in Port Klang, Malaysia; 
 - 1999, opening up Vietnam and China to the international cruising community;  
 - 2000, acquiring Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) to become the world's first truly global cruise line and its third-largest. 

In 2004, SuperStar Leo, Star Cruises' then-largest ship, was transferred to NCL to take over Norwegian Sky cruises as she had to be rushed into service under NCL America brand due to the Pride of America not being ready on time due to sinking at Lloyd Werft shipyard. Since 2006, the trend has been that new ships were to be built for NCL, and the old ships in the NCL fleet would be transferred to the Star Cruises fleet in Asia.

In early 2008, both NCL America and Orient Lines brands were discontinued, with the latter's sole ship, MS Marco Polo, sold to Greek interests. Also in that year, the first ship from NCL was transferred to the Star Cruises fleet as SuperStar Libra.

Starting from 2011, Star Cruises received a new hullart. SuperStar Virgo, SuperStar Aquarius and Star Pisces have received their new hullart.

It was announced on 27 April 2012 that the Norwegian Dream will join the Star fleet, she will be named as SuperStar Gemini and will start service in 2012.

In October 2013, Star Cruises announced that Star Cruises and their parent company, Genting Hong Kong, have entered into an agreement with Meyer Werft shipyard for the construction of one new cruise ship for Star. The vessel will have capacity for 3,364 passengers at double occupancy. The ship will be delivered sometime in Fall 2016. Star Cruises announced on 10 February 2014, that a second ship was ordered and will be delivered by Fall 2017. Both ships will 150,000 GT. On 9 February 2015, the first steel cutting ceremony for Genting World was held at Meyer Werft shipyard.

On the employment side, it is a very good idea to try to secure a job position with this fast growing cruise line. They are offering salaries, which are sometimes higher than mainstream U.S. based cruise lines, working conditions are great and for many people the idea of working in the Orient and the Far East will be quite appealing.

Cruise ships and itineraries:

SuperStar Aquarius: Bahamas registered, built 1992, 51,309 gross tons, 2,156 passengers, 700 crew members.
Itineraries: Daily cruises out of Hong Kong.
  SuperStar Aquarius cruise ship
SuperStar Gemini (ex-Norwegian Dream): Bahamas registered, built 1992, 50,760 gross tons, 2,156 passengers, 700 crew members.
Itineraries: Far East out of Shanghai, China.
  SuperStar Gemini cruise ship
SuperStar Libra: Bahamas registered, built 1999, 42,276 gross tons, 1,480 passengers, 740 crew members.
Itineraries: Singapore/Malaysia/Thailand/Andaman Sea out of Singapore and Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).
  Star Cruises-Superstar Libra ship
SuperStar Virgo: Panama registered, built 1998, 76,800 gross tons, 2,800 passengers, 1,300 crew members.
Itineraries: Singapore/Malaysia/Thailand/Andaman Sea/South China Sea out of Singapore.
  SuperStar Virgo cruise ship
Star Pisces: Panama registered, built 1990, renovated 1994, 40,053 gross tons, 1,900 passengers, 750 crew members.
Itineraries: Hong Kong/China (out of Hong Kong).
  Star Cruises-Star pisces ship
The Taipan: Panama registered, built 1990, renovated 1996, 3,370 gross tons, 130 passengers, 25 crew members.
Itineraries: Southeast Asia, mostly private charters out of Singapore.
  Star Cruises-Megastar Aries ship

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